House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) spent the better part of two years attempting to remove President Donald Trump from office. But while those efforts ultimately failed, the longtime Democratic congressman hasn’t given up — and now, he believes there’s someone new who can help his cause.
According to a Thursday report from Breitbart, Schiff announced this week that he is consulting with fellow House Democrats on “next steps” following the emergence of new allegations against Trump that are reportedly outlined in former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s upcoming memoir, The Room Where It Happened.
“We will continue to hold Trump accountable, and work to expose his abuses and corruption,” Schiff wrote in a Tuesday statement, according to Breitbart. “In the coming days, we will be consulting with the Speaker and other chairs on next steps,” he added, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Schiff: Bolton is “no patriot”
Of course, just because Schiff wants Bolton’s help doesn’t mean he’s a fan of the former National Security adviser. Schiff started off his Tuesday statement with a curt declaration that he later reiterated in a tweet: “John Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.”
The California congressman slammed Bolton for opting to save the juicy details “for his book,” rather than sharing it during the House’s impeachment proceedings against Trump in late 2019 and early 2020.
“During impeachment proceedings in the House, members of John Bolton’s staff were asked to testify about President Trump’s abuse of power,” Schiff explained. “When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said that he would sue the House if he was subpoenaed.”
Schiff went on: “When Senate Republicans blocked Bolton’s testimony during the Senate trial to protect Trump, we asked if Bolton would be willing to provide written testimony before the trial was over. He refused, again, and decided to save it for his book.”
The witch hunt lives on
Despite his criticism of the former National Security adviser, however, Schiff wants to use Bolton to his advantage in his quest to “hold Trump accountable.”
“Notwithstanding John Bolton’s self-serving silence during the impeachment investigation, the allegations he raises are very serious,” he wrote in his Tuesday statement, as Breitbart noted. “They further demonstrate what we proved at trial, not only regarding his Ukraine misconduct, but more consequentially, that he has a pattern and practice of abusing his power for personal and political gain.”
Schiff’s comment on a “pattern” of abuse of power by Trump came apparently in reference to an allegation in Bolton’s memoir, excerpts of which were published in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week. In it, Bolton reportedly claims that Trump sought help from the Chinese government for his re-election campaign.
“I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise,” Bolton writes in one of the excerpts published by the WSJ, according to Breitbart.
Set for release on June 23, the memoir is facing a challenge from the Department of Justice, which is seeking to block the book’s publication on the grounds that it endangers national security, Fox News reports.
Looks like the “witch hunt” isn’t over after all.